IESBA Releases 2012 Annual Report

Aug 29, 2013 | New York, New York | English

The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA, the Ethics Board) today released its 2012 Annual Report, Connecting and Engaging with Our Global Stakeholders.

The report introduces Jörgen Holmquist, the first independent chair of the Ethics Board, and details the board’s ongoing commitment to developing high-quality ethics standards for the global accountancy profession. It emphasizes the board’s further commitment to promoting and facilitating the adoption and effective implementation of these standards around the world, thus supporting professional accountants in their commitment to act in the public interest within their diverse roles in business and practice.

The report summarizes the progress made on the IESBA's Work Plan, which in 2012 included finalizing three pronouncements—breach of a requirement of the Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (the Code), conflicts of interest, and a revised definition of the term “engagement team.” The report also highlights the board’s efforts in exploring appropriate ethics standards for professional accountants in one of the most challenging projects the board has undertaken so far—responding to a suspected illegal act.

“The Annual Report is one of the ways through which the board demonstrates the transparency of its activities. This year’s report focuses on our activities in further building on the strong base of ethics standards contained in the revised Code released in 2009. Additionally, it elaborates on the renewed focus we’ve placed on stakeholder outreach,” said Mr. Holmquist. “As the first independent chair of the board, I see it as an important priority to increase the trust of stakeholders, particularly the regulatory community, in the board’s work, and extending and deepening the board’s engagement with them.”

The Annual Report also includes a report from Richard Fleck, outgoing chair of the IESBA Consultative Advisory Group (CAG), which outlines the work of the CAG in providing input to the IESBA.

To access and download the 2012 IESBA Annual Report, visit

About the IESBA
The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) is an independent standard-setting board that develops and issues, in the public interest, high-quality ethical standards and other pronouncements for professional accountants worldwide. Through its activities, the IESBA develops the Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants, which establishes ethical requirements for professional accountants. The structures and processes that support the operations of the IESBA are facilitated by IFAC. Please visit for more information.

About IFAC
IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of 173 members and associates in 129 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.




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